Things to do on The Aran Islands

If you are planning a trip to picturesque Ireland, then the Aran Islands are a must-visit. The Aran Islands, which consist of three small islands: Inishmore, Inishmaan, and Inisheer, will give you an authentic Irish experience. The Irish language is still spoken, sheep and cows roam the countryside, and cars are still uncommon. From the breathtaking views of the cliffs to the music and food scene, the Aran Island will provide you with an experience of real Gaelic Ireland. We have prepared a list of things to do on the Aran Island to make your stay in Ireland memorable.

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Rent a bike

The best way to explore the island is through a bike as it allows you to enjoy island life at your own speed while taking on the stunning scenery. Cycling the narrow roads, you’ll pass flocks of sheep, ancient stone walls, small farmhouses, quaint villages, and postcard-worthy ocean views. It is simple and budget-friendly to rent a bike on the Aran Islands. Helmets and other safety equipment are provided.

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Eat Lunch at Teach Nan Phaidi

Don’t miss the beautiful Teach Nan Phaidi café in Kilmurvey village! You can cycle to the village, located ideally on the way to Dun Aonghusa. Enjoy a lovely home-cooked meal and amazing service in this Irish café. Do whatever you can to get yourself to this cafe and never look back.

Get acquainted with Gaelic

The Aran Islands is home to the highest percentage of Gaelic speakers per capita than anywhere else in Ireland, or the world! Wander around the villages and you’ll hear conversations spoken entirely in Irish. Yes, this will happen. This is something that is not very common in Ireland. Don’t miss the experience and learn a few words in Gaelic.

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Walk to the Worm Hole

The Worm Hole is a natural rectangular-shaped pool found in an alcove along a cliff. The Worm Hole is one of the must-visit places in the Aran Island. If the tide is too high, the Worm Hole will be totally covered with water but if the tide is low, it’s a must-see! This natural ocean water swimming pool is one of a kind, and depending on what time of year you arrive, you may see some fool-hardy locals jumping in!

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Explore Dun Aonghusa

Dun Aonghusa is a clifftop fort dating back to 1100 BC. This World Heritage Site consists of three massive dry-stone walls perched on a 100-meter cliff. You have to hike to reach the fort, but the beautiful views are worth the effort!

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Enjoy Traditional Irish Music at Ti Joe Wattys

Ireland is famous for its music scene. If you want to experience traditional Irish music, don’t miss Ti Joe Wattys Pub (or just Wattys). Located in the village of Kilronan, near where the ferry docks, it is one of the oldest and most traditional pubs in Inishmore. If you’re looking for cold pints, excellent music, and good craic, then this is the place for you.

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Spot the Seals

Visit to a resident seal colony will add to a wonderful and fulfilling experience to your trip. You are most likely to see the resident seal colony on the lookout point, located on the road between Kilronan and Kilmurvey. With a favourable tide, you will spot a number of adorable seals bathing in the ocean!

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Stroll on Kilmurvey Beach

Kilmurvey Beach with its white sand is no less than a beach in the Caribbean. Located in a cove near Kilronan, the stunning beach is perfect for a stroll and picnic. If you are lucky to be on the beach on a lovely sunny day, then go for a dip in crystal-clear water.

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Get yourself an iconic Aran sweater

A national icon, the humble Aran Sweater has been a fashion staple for decades and worn by celebrities around the world. Originally created to keep fishermen warm, these sweaters are ever so popular because of the high quality of the stitching and the timeless design. Buy yourself a souvenir or gift this gorgeous Aran sweater to your friends and family back home.

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Visit the Seven Churches

Known as the Seven Churches, this ancient site, in fact, consists of just two stone churches, several dwellings that belonged to monks, numerous gravestones and the remains of two high crosses. This is a fascinating place with an equally fascinating history. It’s located near the village of Eoghanacht on the west side of Inishmore. The bike ride here is a bit lengthy so plan accordingly if you’re on a Galway day tour.

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You can see most of Inis Mor, the largest of the islands, on a one-day tour from Galway. If you have more time, a selection of local lodging is available on the islands. Wild Rover Tours offers 2 day trips from Dublin to the Aran Islands including visits to Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway City.